Violence has been an unfortunately common technique used in this country when dealing with certain serious situations, and it never seems to make anything better.
Whether it be police brutality on citizens, violence amongst peers or enemies, or even adults onto children, the results of it can be traumatic on anyone who has to experience it.
Music has definitely been a great tactic to try and put an end to violence around the country, and even across the globe, with plenty of artists joining the line to end it altogether.
Wednesday Atoms, originally from Bridgeport, CT, is part of those who want to put a stop to it, and she is using the power of her music voice to do so. As part of the Connecticut Against Violence Group, and a mother herself, this talented woman is going to do whatever it takes to help people see that violence truly isn’t the answer.
I got a chance to chop it up with Wednesday, who told me all about her fight to end violence, how she’s using music to her full advantage, and how she feels on the role of woman in music.
Check out my full interview with Wednesday below, and make sure you listen to her music here.
Tell me about how you developed your background in music.
My background in music is super eclectic. Aside from the fact that music is encoded into my DNA, my mother exposed me to alot of artistic experiences throughout life. She was the first artist that I ever met. She paints, graphic designs, you name it. I had no choice but to grow up artsy-fartsy. Since the age of 3, I was either in dance classes, acting, or singing lessons. I’ve always watched musicals from the 40’s and 50’s, so I pull a lot of inspiration from that time as well. I always ended up with the solo, or in front, even though I was extremely shy. I knew that my mission was music, since I would still sing, even though I would get on stage and not move an inch. Eventually it’s all that I could do. My first manager found me at the age of 13. He was working at MBK at the time when Alicia Keys came out with her first album, so I was always with him in NYC learning and following. It was at that point that I was in the studio, and allowed to record. When I began tracking vocals and writing, I never stopped. I found out my mission and who I truly was along the way. It’s been a cray-beautiful journey.
You recently performed at an anti-violence rally at an elementary school. How did you become involved in that?
YES! I did! I’m actually a member of a group called Connecticut Against Violence, and we’ve been doing a tour of high schools and elementary schools, talking to the students about violence prevention through the arts. I was asked to be a featured performer at each rally, by Kingsley Osei, the founder of CAV. He saw that my message is directly in line with the CAV family’s. I’m a mother of an 8-year-old King, and the most important thing for me, since I became one, was the welfare of our children. Every child needs guidance, and not all of them have it. This is where violence, drugs, and more troubles ensue. What I love about performing at each school, is that the students get to see someone who grew up in the same “hood’ that they did, choosing to CREATE reality. Despite the outside or negative forces, I’m on a mission and I remind them that they each have one too. We all come to this planet for a grand reason, I believe. My reason is the FUTURE, which is in the hands of the children.
Where do you feel your role in music could fit best?
I don’t really know what my role in music is, or will be. I know that I play a role, as each artist does. I’m really following my heart, and creating what I’m moved to create. The people that I touch is what drives me. Maybe my role is to touch hearts. Yeah, I think I’ve just worked out an answer. Ha!
What would you say is your music’s mission? What kind of message do you hope to portray to your fans and listeners?
My music’s mission is love. Which goes back to the heart and role thing. I call myself a HEART-ist, actually. That’s where I’m operating from, and that’s what I’m trying to help the residents of planet Earth to do a bit more. People are in such a hurry to do nothing these days, but they’re hasty to show love. It baffles me. My soul is definitely an old one, so real music, community, and peace are things that I cherish. I want my listeners to feel like the world is a beautiful place to live when they hear my voice. I want them to be healed too. Whatever on the inside that needs healing. We all need something.
How do you feel about women in hip-hop these days?
Well, Hip-Hop is a culture. I really don’t see too many women perpetuating that culture right now. There’s a lot of rap to choose from, however. I must say. Lyricism has taken a backseat to marketing and sexualization. I wanna HEAR good music. I miss that. I listen to ladies from the 90’s and keep it pushin’. I know there are alot of amazing underground female hip-hop artists on the rise, though. That’s exciting. I LOVE Timbaland’s artist, Tink. She is amazing. There’s another female right in my state named, Kelia Myles, who’s pretty amazing. Azaelia Banks, I really enjoy her flow, too.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
My biggest influences are for one, my Creator. That’s where I get all of these ideas. They’re not even really mine. Thanks, God. Also, my mother, Brandy, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, Michael Jackson, Janet, Selena, The Spice Girls, Bjork, and Anita Baker.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years as far as your music career?
In five years, I hope to be somewhere on this planet doing what I love. Adding to the beauty. The details are up for interpretation, but the goal is definitely music and to be happy.
Where do you hope to see hip-hop in 5 years?
I hope to see hip-hop back on the throne, where it belongs, on a mainstream level. I see it happening. though. The Kendrick Lamars, and the J. Coles; there’s a reclamation underway in all genres, I believe. The future is exciting.
What do you have coming up next in 2015?
2015 is album time! I’ll be traveling a lot this summer to perform and collaborate in order to create all of the tracks and visual art that will make up my September release. Community service is key for me as well, so I’ll be doing alot of outreach wherever I land. My number one most exciting mission of 2015 though, is to create my 2nd video with Kendall Bowlin. He directed my latest music video “Back For the Future”, and he’s a complete mastermind. I have a lot to share with everyone who will hear this year, and I’m really grateful for that.